Respect Our Home

It’s true. I'm a nature lover. A tree hugger if you will. I love it all: hiking, biking, camping. Experiencing the outdoors has been a part of my life since childhood and has had a hand in shaping me into the person I am today. The awe and wonder I felt as I walked...

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Kangaroos Are Not Shoes Victory

When most people in the United States think of the kangaroo, they think of an animal far away, roaming through the outback in peace, their only threat being the few natural predators they have. However, many people may not realize that they themselves may own leather...

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Hip Hip Hooray for HAP!

I’d like to give a big shout out to our very own HAP family! It all started way back in 2015 with one man, Brian Bonsteel, DMD. He understood that education and policy change are essential to solving animal rights issues which are too monumental for rescue to confront...

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The Rise of Lab-Grown Meat

  Worldwide, 70 billion land animals and trillions of marine animals are slaughtered each year to feed an unsustainable demand for meat that’s eating away at our planet. The vast majority of these animals are raised by the practice of factory farming where they...

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It’s Beginning to look a lot like Veganuary!

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays has settled, it’s time to turn our attention to Veganuary, an annual challenge run by a non-profit organization in the United Kingdom during the month of January. The challenge began in 2014 and aims to support people in...

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The Invisible Recyclers

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Pacific trash vortex. A danger to marine life everywhere. Regardless of what you choose to call it, there is no denying the level of concern that the sight of 3.6 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the ocean brings. ...

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Winter Wildlife

Picture this: you’re lounging under a warm cozy blanket with thick fuzzy socks while watching your favorite new TV show and sipping warm tea as big, beautiful snowflakes drift across the window. Winter is here and wildlife are gearing up for the cold months ahead....

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Creating a Wildlife Friendly Backyard

Photo courtesy of National Audobon Society Owning a house or renting a property with a bit of green space is good for the soul. It offers a relaxing place to unwind, a place to gather with friends, or for kids and pets to play. For years, part of the “American Dream”...

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Aimee Douglass is the Director of Compassionate Living. Aimee works in the healthcare industry and has a bachelors degree in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a masters degree in Communications with a health care focus from Southern New Hampshire University.

Abhi Nadendla is a blogger at HAP and has been volunteering at the organization since late 2022. She is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and loves spending her free time helping out at animal shelters.

Hannah Lewis is a grant writer and blogger from Pittsburgh’s North Side who has been with HAP since 2020. In addition to writing and advocating for animals, she enjoys hiking, cooking plant-based meals, bouldering at her local climbing gym, and curling up with a good book and her long-haired cat, Freyja.

Kelly Frantz has recently joined the HAP family as a blog writer. She is passionate about animal protection and is excited to educate the community about animal welfare.